Star Trek: Prodigy, a new animated series has been announced at SDCC 2020.
The Star Trek universe is expanding! As announced during San Diego Comic Con@Home, Star Trek: Prodigy, a CG- animated series is being developed for Nickelodeon. The news was followed by a press release distributed by CBS TV Studios and Nickelodeon and a confirmation of the show’s logo via CBS’ official Twitter page.
The series is aimed at younger audiences and will be developed and executive produced by Kevin and Dan Hageman, Emmy Award winning writers of Trollhunters and Ninjago. Ramsey Naito, Executive Vice President of Animation Production and Development at Nickelodeon will be overseeing the project.
Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry—son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and actor Majel Barrett—and Trevor Roth will also be serving as executive producers, with Aaron Baiers working as co-executive producer.
Star Trek: Prodigy: What is the Show About?
Details are scarce thus far, but according to the release, Star Trek: Prodigy “follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure”.
The Star Trek universe has rarely focused on characters not directly related to Starfleet or the Federation, which makes Star Trek: Prodigy an outlier in the canon. However, for younger audiences yet to engage with the franchise, a cast of characters outside of the Starfleet circle may be the perfect draw.
Over the last couple of years, CBS has greatly expanded its Star Trek franchise, with Discovery, Picard, Short Treks, the soon-to-be-released Star Trek: Lower Decks, as well as Strange New Worlds and the Section-31 series.
For Star Trek fans, this new slate of content has been an exciting development—for years, there were no new entries in the franchise, but since the release and subsequent success of Discovery, the possibilities to explore the universe have become endless.
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Star Trek: Prodigy will be streaming on CBS All Access.